The Brave One

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  • Summary: New York radio host Erica Bain has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores. But all of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men sheNew York radio host Erica Bain has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores. But all of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public's attention, and the city is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective hot on her trail, she must decide whether her quest for revenge is truly the right path or if she is becoming the very thing she is trying to stop. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. 88
    Not since "The Crying Game" has Jordan crafted as compelling a motion picture.
  2. The Brave One is "Death Wish" with a guilty conscience, and while it may be a bit of a hypocrite as vigilante thrillers go, the internal contradictions of the thing make for a very interesting picture.
  3. It's hard to hate, because as a rabble-rouser it is superbly effective, driven forward by two powerhouse actors.
  4. 63
    As far as its plot mechanics go, The Brave One belongs to the hallowed (if less-than-respectable) genre of exploitative revenge pictures.
  5. Everything about Foster's ocular intensity is riveting, but little in this hushed vigilante drama makes sense.
  6. 50
    What might have been a serious drama about coming to terms with violence and loss turns into a crowd-pleasing and increasingly far-fetched remake of "Death Wish."
  7. The film moves from cliché to cliché and hemorrhages blood and logic at an alarming rate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 37
  2. Negative: 6 out of 37
  1. SteenM.
    Sep 22, 2007
    10
    Love this movie with Jodie Foster, I have seen it twice already..a must see..two thumbs way up.
  2. AustinC.
    Feb 11, 2008
    9
    This movie was great. You can see it on Comcast ON DEMAND for $4.99, I definitely recommend it.
  3. FrankM.
    Feb 13, 2008
    8
    Foster raises this revenge film to another level. She refuses to do the "bad ass" schtick and makes you really feel her loss, pain and rage.
  4. Rev.Rikard
    Sep 21, 2007
    6
    Jodie Foster, as Erica Bain, allows us to feel fear, rage, and grief until the moral line marking the sanctity of life and one's right Jodie Foster, as Erica Bain, allows us to feel fear, rage, and grief until the moral line marking the sanctity of life and one's right to justice is blurred. Terrence Howard's character exposes us to a journey that can take one from feeling "for the victim" to feeling "with" them. Thus, that moral line for this straight-up cop becomes more porous as he travels, toting Erica Bain's baggage. These characters are engaging and interesting, for a while. However, the journey for Foster's character ends much sooner than the role. Thus, we are left walking the NY streets with her between acts of violence, and these walks are often much too long. Rather than the line remaining porous for Howard's detective, it dissolves at the end leaving a gaping hole as he charges through. Having him straddle the moral fence while challenging and embracing Erica Bain would have led us out of the theater in the same ethical posture, with very serious questions about objective and subjective understandings of justice. Instead the knight in shining armor ending is so contrived it leaves us with the irritating question, "Why did Neil Jordon go for the disneyesque ending?" This movie had two A list actors, a potentially great story with the power to kick our minds into gear as we contemplated just how much control do we really have over the vulnerable victim residing in us all and the accompanying rage. However, the film becomes plodding, the characters stagnant, and the mind is lulled to sleep. I am left with two questions, "What was Neil Jordon thinking?" and "Why am I not?" Expand
  5. TonyB.
    Apr 3, 2008
    6
    Jodie Foster, one of our more intelligent performers, is electrifying in this urban thriller. The sometimes too active cinematography gets in Jodie Foster, one of our more intelligent performers, is electrifying in this urban thriller. The sometimes too active cinematography gets in the way, and the pacing, especially in the beginning, needs to be picked up a notch or two..The ending is difficult to believe. Expand
  6. AdamW
    Feb 6, 2008
    4
    Predictable and formulaic to say the least. Pacing was painfully slow, characters were under developed, and the storyline was unbelievable. I Predictable and formulaic to say the least. Pacing was painfully slow, characters were under developed, and the storyline was unbelievable. I feel like I have seen this movie before (Deathwish), but hope I never have to see it again. The only redeeming quality was the A list cast giving B list performances. Expand
  7. AndyS.
    Sep 15, 2007
    1
    Good acting only accentuates the pretentious bad taste and stupidity of this movie. Completely fails as a Deathwish revenge fantasy; even Good acting only accentuates the pretentious bad taste and stupidity of this movie. Completely fails as a Deathwish revenge fantasy; even worse if you take it half as seriously as it wants to be taken. Don't waste your time with this one. Expand

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